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Foothills Guest Suite Guidebook ... "You're Mountain is Waiting!"

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Foothills Guest Suite Guidebook ... "You're Mountain is Waiting!"

Hiking & Sightseeing
One of the newest State Parks in the mountains and thus far not overly crowded. The Park offers a 4 mile round trip hike to the "Summit" where the long range views are superb. Elk Knob State Park features one of the highest peaks in North Carolina's High Country at 5,520 feet.
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Elk Knob State Park
5564 Meat Camp Road
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One of the newest State Parks in the mountains and thus far not overly crowded. The Park offers a 4 mile round trip hike to the "Summit" where the long range views are superb. Elk Knob State Park features one of the highest peaks in North Carolina's High Country at 5,520 feet.
Easy hikes to two different viewing areas. A scene from the movie "Last of the Mohicans" was filmed here.
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Linville Falls
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Easy hikes to two different viewing areas. A scene from the movie "Last of the Mohicans" was filmed here.
Popular hiking trail and area.
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Hawksbill Mountain Trail Head
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Popular hiking trail and area.
Strenuous rated hiking....experienced Hikers favorite.
Linville Gorge - Table Rock Mountain
Strenuous rated hiking....experienced Hikers favorite.
Famous for the mile high swinging bridge, visitors to the Grandfather Mountain State Park attraction will experience wonderful views, nature museum and hiking trails. Advance reservations recommended.
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Grandfather Mountain
2050 Blowing Rock Highway
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Famous for the mile high swinging bridge, visitors to the Grandfather Mountain State Park attraction will experience wonderful views, nature museum and hiking trails. Advance reservations recommended.
This moderate short 2.4 mile hike will take you to the stone structure "Sitting Bear" and views of Table Rock, Hawksbill & Babel Tower. From the Foothills Guest Suite, follow the House Manual directions (book at the Suite) to Hwy 105 North via Collettsville & Adaco Roads.
Jonas Ridge Trail Head
6821-7999 Grandview Exd
This moderate short 2.4 mile hike will take you to the stone structure "Sitting Bear" and views of Table Rock, Hawksbill & Babel Tower. From the Foothills Guest Suite, follow the House Manual directions (book at the Suite) to Hwy 105 North via Collettsville & Adaco Roads.
Very popular trails at this Tennessee/NC border State Park. The rhododendrons in the spring are an especially popular time. Nice day or 1/2 day trip from the Foothills Guest Suite. Pack a picnic to enjoy when you get to the top or at one of their picnic areas.
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Roan Mountain State Park
527 Tennessee 143
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Very popular trails at this Tennessee/NC border State Park. The rhododendrons in the spring are an especially popular time. Nice day or 1/2 day trip from the Foothills Guest Suite. Pack a picnic to enjoy when you get to the top or at one of their picnic areas.
Winter Sport
Longest runs of all the choices in the High Country for snow tubing. Advance reservations highly recommended. Ziplines operate in the summer season.
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Hawksnest Snow Tubing and Zipline
2058 Skyland Drive
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Longest runs of all the choices in the High Country for snow tubing. Advance reservations highly recommended. Ziplines operate in the summer season.
Closest slope to the Foothills Guest Suite (20 minute drive). Local favorite. Easily accessible in most weather conditions. Reservations in advance recommended.
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Appalachian Ski Mtn.
940 Ski Mountain Road
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Closest slope to the Foothills Guest Suite (20 minute drive). Local favorite. Easily accessible in most weather conditions. Reservations in advance recommended.
The only State Park in North Carolina that offers cross country skiing (skiers bring their own equipment). Please contact the Park office directly for particulars due to ever changing winter conditions at this elevation. NOTE: Also, when the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed due to snow, cross country skiing is allowed on the Parkway. Be certain to park in allowed areas outside the gates.
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Elk Knob State Park
5564 Meat Camp Road
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The only State Park in North Carolina that offers cross country skiing (skiers bring their own equipment). Please contact the Park office directly for particulars due to ever changing winter conditions at this elevation. NOTE: Also, when the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed due to snow, cross country skiing is allowed on the Parkway. Be certain to park in allowed areas outside the gates.
Ski & Snowboard Equipment Rentals
1st Tracks Ski Shop
1380 NC-105
Ski & Snowboard Equipment Rentals
Cycling & Hiking
Also close by, check out the Lake James County Park. The Fonta Flora State Trail is popular in this area. As a natural surface trail, it is popular to hikers and bikers.
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Lake James State Park
7321 North Carolina 126
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Also close by, check out the Lake James County Park. The Fonta Flora State Trail is popular in this area. As a natural surface trail, it is popular to hikers and bikers.
This area is extremely popular with Cyclists and Fly Fishing enthusiasts. Be sure to make it all the way down to "Betsey's Ole Country Store" for a hot dog. If you're going by car, it will take about 30 minutes (dirt/gravel road) to get to Betsey's, a place that "those in the know" haven't forgotten.
Wilson Creek Visitor Center
7805 Brown Mountain Beach Rd
This area is extremely popular with Cyclists and Fly Fishing enthusiasts. Be sure to make it all the way down to "Betsey's Ole Country Store" for a hot dog. If you're going by car, it will take about 30 minutes (dirt/gravel road) to get to Betsey's, a place that "those in the know" haven't forgotten.
Numerous hiking and biking leisurely trails.
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Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park
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Numerous hiking and biking leisurely trails.
Water Activities
Kayak and Canoe Rentals, reasonably priced. Across the Parkway & nearby is the picnic area near a river flowing through.
Price Lake Boat Rentals
3636 Blue Ridge Parkway
Kayak and Canoe Rentals, reasonably priced. Across the Parkway & nearby is the picnic area near a river flowing through.
New River Fly Fishing, Lessons, Guided Trips & Fishing Supplies. Advance reservations recommended.
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RiverGirl Fishing Co.
4041 Todd Railroad Grade Road
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New River Fly Fishing, Lessons, Guided Trips & Fishing Supplies. Advance reservations recommended.
Wilson Creek is a local favorite for Fly Fishing. Make certain you have the proper license.
Wilson Creek Visitor Center
7805 Brown Mountain Beach Rd
Wilson Creek is a local favorite for Fly Fishing. Make certain you have the proper license.
Sightseeing
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 304.4... Recognized internationally as an engineering marvel, visit the Linn Cove Visitor Center to learn the background of the last link of the Parkway completed in 1987.
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Linn Cove Viaduct
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Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 304.4... Recognized internationally as an engineering marvel, visit the Linn Cove Visitor Center to learn the background of the last link of the Parkway completed in 1987.
From the Foothills Guest Suite, the closest entry access to the BRP is at Blowing Rock from Hwy 321 or in-town from Hwy. 221. For a beautiful fall leaf drive, consider taking Schulls Mill Road from Hwy 221 to Hwy 105.
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Blue Ridge Parkway, Price Lake Overlook
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From the Foothills Guest Suite, the closest entry access to the BRP is at Blowing Rock from Hwy 321 or in-town from Hwy. 221. For a beautiful fall leaf drive, consider taking Schulls Mill Road from Hwy 221 to Hwy 105.
Bare Dark Sky Observatory, part of Mayland Community College, offers nighttime two hour ticketed visits to view and learn the night sky through their telescopes. (Check for post-Covid re-opening schedule). Tel: 828.766.1277 Email: observatory@mayland.edu FREE: Nighttime star gazing along the Parkway is best in winter months, no humidity, crescent or no moon away from any city lights or lighted camping areas.
Star Park
66 Energy Exchange Dr
Bare Dark Sky Observatory, part of Mayland Community College, offers nighttime two hour ticketed visits to view and learn the night sky through their telescopes. (Check for post-Covid re-opening schedule). Tel: 828.766.1277 Email: observatory@mayland.edu FREE: Nighttime star gazing along the Parkway is best in winter months, no humidity, crescent or no moon away from any city lights or lighted camping areas.
The four corners Loop of the High Country from the Foothills Guest Suite. The in-Suite manual contains information about several locally known routes for beautiful fall leaf drives along with shortcuts to the four corners.
Blue Ridge Mountains
The four corners Loop of the High Country from the Foothills Guest Suite. The in-Suite manual contains information about several locally known routes for beautiful fall leaf drives along with shortcuts to the four corners.
Retail Shopping
The original Mast General Store and an additional Annex are located in Valle Crucis, not far from Boone. There is a branch store in downtown Boone. Locals prefer the original stores in Valle Crucis but all locations offer similar merchandise.
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Mast General Store Boone
630 West King Street
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The original Mast General Store and an additional Annex are located in Valle Crucis, not far from Boone. There is a branch store in downtown Boone. Locals prefer the original stores in Valle Crucis but all locations offer similar merchandise.
Downtown, the Village of Blowing Rock, offers interesting, privately owned retail shops. Plan 4-6 hours along with lunch in the Village to experience this sweet little mountain town. Their Chamber web site maintains an active event calendar. Many festivals are held throughout the year in Blowing Rock. The BRAHM museum is usually of high interest to visitors with an eclectic interest in art. Downtown Blowing Rock is only 15 minutes from the Foothills Guest Suite.
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Blowing Rock
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Downtown, the Village of Blowing Rock, offers interesting, privately owned retail shops. Plan 4-6 hours along with lunch in the Village to experience this sweet little mountain town. Their Chamber web site maintains an active event calendar. Many festivals are held throughout the year in Blowing Rock. The BRAHM museum is usually of high interest to visitors with an eclectic interest in art. Downtown Blowing Rock is only 15 minutes from the Foothills Guest Suite.
Features many local artisan's products of the gift and home decor variety. Excellent and unique selection. Locally owned.
My Mountain Home
120 Maple Road
Features many local artisan's products of the gift and home decor variety. Excellent and unique selection. Locally owned.
Locally owned franchise; excellent customer service; outstanding selection of spices, blends & teas.
The Spice & Tea Exchange of Blowing Rock
1087 Main St
Locally owned franchise; excellent customer service; outstanding selection of spices, blends & teas.
Eclectic assortment of funky and fun gift items.
Neaco
1081 Main St
Eclectic assortment of funky and fun gift items.
Best area selection/prices of cross country ski equipment. Offers cross country ski rentals. Next door to Pineola Inn & part of this local family-owned establishment. Address: 3085 Linville Falls Highway, Pineola, NC
High Country Ski Shop
3085 Linville Falls Highway
Best area selection/prices of cross country ski equipment. Offers cross country ski rentals. Next door to Pineola Inn & part of this local family-owned establishment. Address: 3085 Linville Falls Highway, Pineola, NC
West Jefferson - Mountain handcrafted cheeses, numerous varieties, known for their original hoop cheeses that can be purchased in various round waxed wrapped sizes. They also have a small "sale" case usually offering various small cuts with BOGO pricing.
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Ashe County Cheese
106 East Main Street
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West Jefferson - Mountain handcrafted cheeses, numerous varieties, known for their original hoop cheeses that can be purchased in various round waxed wrapped sizes. They also have a small "sale" case usually offering various small cuts with BOGO pricing.
Great selection of homemade veggies & jams, local honey, and other assorted country store items. Excellent cheese selection and sandwich salads. Frequently will Host bluegrass jams, pig pickins' & Fall Harvest Apple Butter Festival. Look for the yellow house by the river on Hwy 321 towards Blowing Rock.
Saunders Old Country Store
3584 Blowing Rock Boulevard
Great selection of homemade veggies & jams, local honey, and other assorted country store items. Excellent cheese selection and sandwich salads. Frequently will Host bluegrass jams, pig pickins' & Fall Harvest Apple Butter Festival. Look for the yellow house by the river on Hwy 321 towards Blowing Rock.
Historical
Annual three day event with over 100 Scottish Clans assembling with several festival events and displays of sportsmanship & dance. The Foothills Guest Suite is only 30 minutes from the location of the Games at Grandfather Mountain.
Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
Annual three day event with over 100 Scottish Clans assembling with several festival events and displays of sportsmanship & dance. The Foothills Guest Suite is only 30 minutes from the location of the Games at Grandfather Mountain.
Educational mountain heritage museum with frequent lectures.
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Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center
223 West State Street
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Educational mountain heritage museum with frequent lectures.
Eclectic and historical art and sculptures with historical roots in the local Mountains.
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Blowing Rock Art & History Museum
159 Chestnut St
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Eclectic and historical art and sculptures with historical roots in the local Mountains.
Historical home of the Cone Mills family. Southern Craft Guild shop. Close to Blowing Rock.
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Moses Cone Manor
6570 Blue Ridge Pkwy
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Historical home of the Cone Mills family. Southern Craft Guild shop. Close to Blowing Rock.
Open daily, restored to its original architecture and on the Historic Register. Small, interesting cemetery dating back to early origins of the local Caldwell County/Lenoir settlers. The Preservation Society hosts a spring and fall concert along with a Christmas Eve service.
Chapel Of Rest
1964 North Carolina 268
Open daily, restored to its original architecture and on the Historic Register. Small, interesting cemetery dating back to early origins of the local Caldwell County/Lenoir settlers. The Preservation Society hosts a spring and fall concert along with a Christmas Eve service.
Only 1 hour/15 minute drive from the Foothills Guest Suite, The Biltmore Mansion is a popular Asheville attraction. Make it a day trip with lunch in downtown Asheville (see restaurant recommendations in Suite Guidelines Reference Book upon arrival.) Biltmore advance reservations are recommended.
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Imanje Biltmore
1 Lodge Street
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Only 1 hour/15 minute drive from the Foothills Guest Suite, The Biltmore Mansion is a popular Asheville attraction. Make it a day trip with lunch in downtown Asheville (see restaurant recommendations in Suite Guidelines Reference Book upon arrival.) Biltmore advance reservations are recommended.